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Greeting of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew

for the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention

We, your Patriarch, from the Mother Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate greet you, the contemporary myrrh-bearers of love and relief of human pain, as the Archangel greeted the Myrrh-bearing women who had gone to the tomb of the Risen Lord early on Saturday morning, saying Rejoice, the Lord is risen!

Click here for the entire Greeting of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew.

Photo by Dimitrios Panagos

President's Corner  

Message to Delegates

2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention

Welcome to the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention in the city of “brotherly love” and sisterly agape.  It is a distinct honor to greet you on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society as we convene in Philadelphia from throughout America as part of the 42nd Clergy Laity Congress.  We are blessed to unify as a Family of God, to prayerfully contemplate and address the extremely significant message of the Clergy Laity Congress themed by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America:  The Orthodox Christian Family:  A dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel.  

“From God every family in heaven and on earth is named.” (Ephesians 3:15)

Click here to read more of President Skeadas' message.

National Philoptochos Honors the Military and Veterans

The 2014 National Philoptochos Convention in Philadelphia, PA culminated with a program to honor The Brave Ones.  His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Military Ordinary who oversees Greek Orthodox Chaplains, opened The Brave Ones program thanking Philoptochos while reminding the delegates of the importance to honor those in our parishes who so bravely serve their country.  The delegates viewed the emotional and moving video ‘The Brave Ones’ that highlights close to 1000 photos of Orthodox service men and women with a background of patriotic music that  was produced by Dr. George and Martha Stefanidakis.

National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas then presented sixty-five Homeward Bound Baskets donated by Philoptochos stewards and Chapters to Mr. Tim Meserve, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi Service Center to support sixty-five homeless veterans and their families as they transition to permanent housing.  Testimony followed by Mike Emanuel, FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent describing his missions with his crew traveling in the dangerous war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and how he made the conscious decision to take his faith with him.  Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Konon Sweet detailed her military career as an Orthodox woman and her peacekeeping and combat support missions around the world. 

The program concluded with the narration of The Brave Ones Past and Present Tribute and His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah leading the delegates in the singing of “God Bless America”.

Click here to read The Braves Ones Past and Present Tribute.


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2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Update

Philadelphia, PA- With a theme of “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel,”  chosen by Archbishop Demetrios of America, the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention was held in Philadelphia, PA from July 6 to 9, in conjunction with the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress. A record number of delegates attended the biennial event with over 440 registered to represent the 27,000 Philoptochos stewards from across the United States.  The Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos hosted the event in the City of Brotherly Love under the spiritual leadership of Metropolitan Evangelos.  

Click here to read the rest of the post-Convention press release.